David Roberts on opposing coal exports

David Roberts on opposing coal exports:

Suffice to say, coal ports don’t do much for local economies, in the port towns themselves or on the routes to and from them. Rail traffic would radically increase, crowding out other rail-using commodities, cutting towns in half for hours every day, and leaving a coating of toxic coal dust everywhere. Coal ports employ very few people, but are loud and polluted with diesel fumes and coal dust, which renders waterfronts unsuitable for other commercial or community uses…

So: coal companies would get the profits, Asia would get the coal, and the Northwest would get the pollution and disruption.

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